Chester Dawson

Business, Technology, Equipment

Honda Beefs Up Pickup, SUVs to Bolster Light-Truck Market Share

Honda Ridgeline 2021 Honda Ridgeline (Honda)

Honda Motor Co. plans to revamp three key midsized vehicles — two sport utilities and a pickup — by giving them beefier looks. It also will play up their off-road capabilities in marketing to appeal to more-traditional truck buyers.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
October 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon’s Zoox Gets Green Light for Robotaxi Tests in California

A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc.’s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state’s blessing for truly driverless testing.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2020
Business, Equipment

SUVs Parked at Sea Reveal Scope of US Auto Market Glut

SUVs at Port of LA New vehicles are parked for delivery inside an automotive processing terminal operated by WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, at the Port of Los Angeles. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg)

For the auto industry, which saw U.S. sales plunge almost 40% in March, the coronavirus crisis has left cars gathering dust on dealer lots, dealerships shuttered, auction prices slipping and tens of thousands of workers laid off or furloughed.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
May 1, 2020
Government, Business

Toyota Shifts Factories to Face Shields, Will Help Device Makers

Toyota logo at the company's headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. (Akio Kon/Bloomberg News)

Toyota Motor Corp.’s idled manufacturing facilities in the U.S. will make much-needed face shields and masks, and the Japanese automaker is closing in on deals with medical-device makers to help them boost production.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
March 27, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Toyota Recalls 3.2 Million Vehicles Globally to Fix Fuel Pumps

Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks sit at a Colorado dealership Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks sit at a dealership in Lakewood, Colo., on Feb. 27, 2019. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 3.2 million vehicles worldwide, more than half of which are in the U.S., to fix faulty fuel pumps.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
March 4, 2020
Business, Safety

Toyota, Honda Extend China Shutdowns as Virus Gathers Pace

Employees work on a Honda auto plant assembly line in Wuhan in November 2019. Employees work on a Honda auto plant assembly line in Wuhan in November 2019. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. were among carmakers extending shutdowns at their China plants as the country steps up measures to fight the deadly coronavirus.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
February 7, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla on Autopilot Rear-Ends a Parked Cop Car in Connecticut

Tesla Tesla Model X. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the carmaker’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a parked emergency vehicle, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Toyota Having Trouble Keeping Hybrid Car Models in Stock

Toyota RAV4 Prime The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is shown at the AutoMobility L.A. auto show Nov. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

Toyota Motor Corp. has a problem with selling its hybrids — it can’t get enough of them.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2019
Business, Technology

Hyundai Set to Penetrate US Pickup Market

Hyundai Hyundai Santa Cruz (Raymond Boyd/Bloomberg News)

Hyundai Motor Co. expects to enter the U.S. pickup market soon with what likely is to be an American-made vehicle aimed at luring buyers who aren’t traditional truck owners, an executive said July 8.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
July 9, 2019
Business, Technology

Automakers Take Page From SUV Playbook to Ramp Up Sedans

A Mazda 3 on display at the New York Auto Show. (Natan Dvir/Bloomberg News)

All-wheel-drive sedans used to be a niche market limited to park rangers and uptight snow-belt drivers. These days, they’re becoming a more popular choice for decidedly mainstream models.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
May 10, 2019